I decided to enter a hobbyweight (12-lb) robot for our Denver adventure this year in October. When a couple friends are I were brainstorming ridiculous robot names before building them, one stood out for me: Tough Love. I'd try to attack the design with aesthetics first and functionality in parallel (because a lot of robots these days look the same). What represents love? A heart, obviously. I decided that based on a handful of vertical spinner single-tooth shapes being similar, I'd see how a cardioid would fare.
Lesson 1: Fuck Banebots motors (but their gearboxes are A-Ok)
Version 1, which I slammed together for AVC, had a lot of last-minute decisions made. This wasn't a last-minute decision but was conclusively my failure point for my one match before other problems arose. In testing and in my match, I had my brand new Banebots 395 motors matched to their P60 gearboxes, but the motors smoked/didn't respond. I had one successful drive session around Artisan's Asylum two days before competition and that was it. The ESCs were fine, but the motor's back had popped out. When I tried to add the pinion to an addition set of motors, the back of the motor popped out again. So, it was as mechanical issue and one I was too foolish to realize: the 395's shaft needs to be shortened before adding the P60 gearbox pinion. ~*~*if ONLY they would make note of this on their website*~*~
Lesson 2: MarkForged Parts are Amazing -- Only for Specific Applications
Robot building is just a fun hands-on learning catastrophe for me. Not sure how a thing will do? Try it! Unlike design reviews or prototype deliverables in real job-stuff, robots don't need to work their first time. So! I decided why not try those fancy, pretty heat inserts I see Alex and others with Onyx parts using? Carbon fiber is strong! Matte black looks rad! The amount of effort I need is like 20% to make this a pretty physical part...! I ended up learning that those inserts are... not ideal for a brute force like Emmanuel's robot. One hit: okay. Second hit: my robot chassis opened like a clam shell because the heat inserts popped out. As a result, that was my last match for the weekend.
My Version 2 will be in construction and revised/designed over the six months for AVC in Denver seeing my Motorama build was derailed by a broken ankle. I'm aiming to run a few different weapon options and will be going full brushless motors for this one after my Banebots faults. Stay tuned.